Get ready for a Security Governance/Leadership talk like you've never heard before! In this session, Curtis Blais, Shared CISO for Cybera (Alberta's not-for-profit Research & Education Network facilitator) will distill from his 30+ years of experience in IT/IT Security the four things you should radically focus on to get your cybersecurity program off the ground. Leveraging material from his yet-to-be-published book, Curtis will provide a practical approach to formalizing your security program. No AI. No blinky lights. No buzz words. Simple, tested, real-world, guidance.

CURTIS BLAIS Summit 2023

Curtis Blais

Shared Chief Information Security Officer, Cybera

Mr. Blais is a multi-discipline certified IT professional, cleared to Secret with over 30 years of experience in the IT industry.  His career spans numerous disciplines in IT including application development; design, build and operations of internetworking environments; design, construction/maintenance of information security architectures; governance, risk, and compliance consulting; enterprise risk management; and strategic security leadership as a shared Chief Information Security Officer. Mr. Blais has provided services to every level of government and held numerous positions in the private sector including Board of Director appointments for privately held corporations and a non-profit.  In conjunction with his multiple certifications in networking, security and risk, Mr. Blais holds a masters degree in leadership and organizational change from Royal Roads University; is the author/creator of a Risk-based Information Security Model; completed Harvard’s Cyber Risk Management program at the top of his cohort; was the principle author of the National Cybersecurity Assessment Report on the state of cybersecurity in higher learning in Canada; and is currently working on a manuscript for a book detailing a simple mechanism to formalize Information Security programs.

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Session Format
Interactive Speaker Presentation (45 mins)